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April 10, 2012

At an average of 1.4 points per game, I'm sure Skip is telling the truth about the coach thinking he shot too much.

posted by apoch at 08:40 AM on April 10

Sounds like Skip was a vital cog to his team's success. Staying off the court was probably a huge help to the team winning games.

posted by dyams at 08:54 AM on April 10

This is awesome.

posted by rcade at 09:11 AM on April 10

Staying off the court was probably a huge help to the team winning games.

Which means even Bobby Boucher was slightly more important to his team's success. Ouch.

posted by NerfballPro at 09:14 AM on April 10

It's bothersome that they refer to Bayless as an ESPN "personality" rather than an ESPN "oxygen consumer".

posted by beaverboard at 09:17 AM on April 10

I thought he was ESPN's Village Idiot.

posted by apoch at 09:22 AM on April 10

That's a large village.

posted by dyams at 10:42 AM on April 10

I love it when people tell stories about their athletic career and then other people find the facts that prove them wrong.

I look forward to Bayless' rant about "basement-dwelling internet nerds" and their adherence to "mumbo jumbo statistics".

posted by grum@work at 10:45 AM on April 10

Watched a Bayless clip once ... I have a hard time figuring how there is any audience for his Jerry Springer like angle on sporting news.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:16 AM on April 10

Normally, I'd be willing to shrug this off and attribute it to the fact that we all have slightly deluded memories of our past glory. Hell, we might have told the stories for so long that we actually believe them to be true. Normally.

But this is Skip Bayless, obnoxious gassbag. The man who gets paid a lot of money to invade the television on a daily basis and spew nonsensical sanctimonious oral scat. So fuck him. Nice job, basement dwelling internet nerds. Yet another blowhard is exposed for what he is (if there was anybody left who actually doubted that fact).

posted by tahoemoj at 11:17 AM on April 10

Not only did he exaggerate sporting accomplishments, but it was high school sporting accomplishments. Cue Springsteen's Glory Days.

posted by NoMich at 11:21 AM on April 10

Cue Springsteen's Glory Days

I had a friend who was a big basketball player back in high school;

He could warm that bench up for ya, even warm up a stool;

Saw him the other day on a sports talk program, he was on I was tuning out;

He sat down, told a few lies, talked some shit, tweaked a few nerves;

But all he kept taking about, was...Glory Days (and a little Tim Tebow)

posted by tahoemoj at 11:31 AM on April 10

/sniff, two weeks until I see Bruce in concert, you guys are so great to bring him up at every change.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:33 AM on April 10

+11 for tahoemoj.

posted by NoMich at 12:13 PM on April 10

In 30 years when I'm spinning yarns about Spofi threads I'm going to recall that I was the commenter that wrote the Skip Bayless version of Glory Days.

posted by tron7 at 01:44 PM on April 10

In that case, you should half-ass a single line of the song.

posted by NoMich at 01:51 PM on April 10

The coach wanted Bayless to be more of a PG. That means Perpetually Gone, not Point Guard, Skippy. By the way, you still shoot (your mouth off) too much. Bayless is only one of the reasons that ESPN is almost never tuned on my flat screen. Any time I hear him I begin to feel a little more stupid. No comments from the Peanut Gallery on that last sentence, please. In 30 years (at the age of 101) I too will claim that I had the original idea for the post, but yerfatma hacked my files and stole it.

posted by Howard_T at 01:53 PM on April 10

In that case, you should half-ass a single line of the song.

Nope, my line in the box score will show all zeros.

posted by tron7 at 01:55 PM on April 10

Any time I hear him I begin to feel a little more stupid.

*raises hand*

No comments from the Peanut Gallery on that last sentence, please.

*lowers hand*

Awww...

posted by grum@work at 01:59 PM on April 10

Any time I hear him I begin to feel a little more stupid.

No need for peanut gallery there. It's a scientifically proven fact (in fact, I proved it in high school) that listening to Skip Bayless lowers your IQ. After years of "debating" with Skip, poor, poor Stephen A. Smith is starting to show the effects.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:08 PM on April 10

Is it bad that I'm pretty apathetic about this in general?

Skip Bayless said something stupid that was later proven to be wrong. Not that major a news development.

Related to this fact is that I never watch any ESPN "New" coverage, and only rarely get to see anything like PTI (I'm interested in what they are talking about, not necessarily what they say, because ESPN-and as a subset of that IMHO, PTI-shapes the national debate on what should be talked about in sports).

But I don't really focus too much on anything any of the talking aheads actually say. Stuff like this just further's ESPN's apparent mission of making themselves the story rather than whatever the story actually may or may not be.

I'll stop before I start sounding even more like a whiny 17-year old.

posted by Bonkers at 05:03 PM on April 10

+11 for tahoemoj.

Or +57 channels with no Skip Bayless on.

posted by owlhouse at 08:33 PM on April 10

Yeah, but here's a guy who, despite our opinion (and it's unanimous), is pretty damn successful and he gets caught in such a pathetic lie that I almost feel sorry for him. What kind of a grown-ass man is still that insecure?

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 08:36 PM on April 10

One with Rick Bayless for a brother?

posted by yerfatma at 09:09 PM on April 10

Jalen Rose called out Skip Bayless for this on First Take this morning.

There used to be a stigma on sports broadcasters who were not athletes -- at least among the ones who were. Howard Cosell riffed on this with the title of his book I Never Played the Game.

Being a sports broadcaster caught exaggerating your puny athletic achievements is worse. Bayless' next book should be I Played the Game Badly.

Bayless' demeanor when called out by Rose is hangdog. A self-deprecating joke would have been useful there.

posted by rcade at 10:56 AM on April 11

Or +57 channels with no Skip Bayless on.

Mama always told Skip Bayless not to look into the sight of the sun.

And now we know why Skip never sees things quite right ;)

posted by billsaysthis at 11:52 AM on April 11

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